Maytag Washer Transmission Problem???

My Dependable Care Quiet Plus Maytag Washer (7 years old w/ porcelain tub) sprang a leak. Called the local service guy who found out that everything looks fine EXCEPT that the screws that hold the stem to create the seal had spun around and chewed the threads on the transmission. So now the stem will not tighten down properly to create seal. The Maytag tech said he had never seen this problem before. It seems that the screws backed out on their own and caused this problem. He stated that the transmission still looks great but that I need a new one because of the stripped threads and no way to tighten it down properly.
Good news is that the transmission should be covered by the 10 year parts warranty. Bad news is that the local guy wants between 200 and 250 dollars in labor to replace this transmission. On top of that will be MY cost of the stem/boot seal kit. Probably around 65 dollars and more labor. Does this sound right??? Is this a DIY job? If so, does anyone know if Maytag would release this part under warranty for a diy job?? Thanks for any input.
So I'm looking at over $300 dollars to repair a warrantied part for a washer that cost $600 when new.
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snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

Yes.
It is for some people.
Call them and ask.
The transmission is at the core of the washer and requires full disassembly of the machine. Hopefully the tech would include both spin bearings and gaskets and snubber ring on a 7 year old washer. Those will fail next if he doesn't. You MIGHT be able to BUY all the neccesary parts at the local parts house for the price of the techs labor. He may still charge you for his time that is already invested if you do that though.
Good luck.
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Throw the machine away and buy a new one at Lowes and pay $99 for a 4 year extended warranty so you will not have any repair costs for 5 years. When that machines fails repeat step 1.

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wow-they just don't make them like they used to.
my maytag washer & dryer are now 22 years old and going strong.

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snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

Hi,
> Bad news is that the local guy wants between 200 and

Seems a bit high!

A new one comes with the tranny...might need the tub bearing ( a good idea to do at the same time ).

Nope.
No they won't.

It can be, but you need a special spanner wrench to help the take apart and put back together.

This is a "real" Maytag washer, worth spending some money on it!!
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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